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CHARLESTON (AP) — Crews with the West Virginia Division of Highways are planning a multimillion-dollar effort to fix pothole damage across the state. Tending to winter roads always leads to wear and tear, but successive heavy winter storms this year have taken a harsh toll on roads, officials said. “These potholes are the worst our […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — If you’re driving through Morgantown in the next couple of weeks, you’d better buckle up. The Morgantown Police Department is conducting what it calls a “seat belt enforcement wave” Friday through March 23. The department says officers will conduct intensive patrols to enforce seat belt and child safety restraint laws during that […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A push to impose stricter conflict-of-interest standards on West Virginia’s attorney general has fizzled in the state Senate. Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, says there’s little interest in his committee to hear the bill, which targets Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. With Saturday’s finish to the legislative session approaching, Palumbo said […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A bill to prohibit abortions later than 20 weeks after conception moved forward Thursday in the state Senate Judiciary Committee and will be heard on the full Senate floor later this week. The bill bans abortions after 20 weeks except in cases when a doctor deems a patient at risk of serious […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has passed a budget bill that dips into the state’s reserve funds by $125 million to balance the 2015 budget. Finance Chair Roman Prezioso said a House lottery bill still under consideration would cut the amount needed from the Rainy Day fund by $40 million. House Bill 4333 […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Thirty-six West Virginia counties have received state grants to help pay for preserving and managing public records. The state Records Management and Preservation Board has awarded grants totaling more than $410,000. The projects will improve management, storage conditions, access and preservation of public records held in county government offices. Some counties plan […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing a record fine for thousands of water pollution violations by coal mine operators in five Appalachian states. Alpha Natural Resources Inc., the nation’s third-largest coal supplier, will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges from 79 mines and 25 coal […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — After weeks of debate and rewrites, West Virginia House delegates passed new chemical spill safeguards for storage tanks and water supplies. The proposal that the House cleared 95-0 on Wednesday reacts to the Freedom Industries leak on Jan. 9. The leak contaminated the drinking water of about 300,000 people for days. Lawmakers […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 5.9 percent in January. WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed residents fell 700 in January to 46,900. In the goods-producing sector, employment gains were seen in construction, mining and logging, while the state experienced job losses in manufacturing. In the service […]

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RICHWOOD (AP) — Richwood Mayor Robert Johnson is defending the hiring of a police chief amid questions about the officer’s qualifications. Citing court documents, The Register-Herald reports that Christopher Cole was charged in Jefferson County, Ky., with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property over $300 and official misconduct. The charges were dropped in 2007 […]

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